Designed by IwamotoScott with structural engineering collaboration by Buro Happold, produced for the SCIArc Gallery series of invited installations, fabricated and installed with the help of a group of SCIArc students.
Voussoir Cloud explores spatial, material and experiential implications of questions of perception, weight and structure. The design approach resists placing an object in the gallery, and instead aims to fill the gallery space with an immersive experience.
The form of Voussoir Cloud is the result of an interest in the possibilities of computational origamy to produce curved folds, tested through both hands-on material prototyping and computationally optimized geometries. The project investigates a lightweight minimum surface solution balancing structural forces and material aggregation through its vaulted geometry and gradient module porosity. The resulting space shifts the viewers perception between typological heavyness and material lightness, utilizing a micro-laminated wood that itself shifts between opaque and translucent depending on the light fo day.
Voussoir Cloud has been widely published and recognized with numerous design awards and honors.